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Brainiac (2004)

Not Rated | | Horror | Video 29 October 2004
Brain chemistry research has produced a drug - Nirvana - that can wipe out addiction and mental illness by stimulating pleasure centers in the brain and flooding the brain with endorphins. ... See full summary »

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Greg Bayan ... Dr. Peter Van Dorn / Brainiac
Lisa Nistri ... Sunday Morgan
... Detective Sergeant Steven Danko
Elizabeth Shevock ... Kate Van Dorn
Michael Petrunak ... Ryan Harvey
... Rayven
Robert Gratton ... Jimmy Fuller
... Frank Peretti
Tamber Layne ... Dr. Nancy Kelly
... Detective Jack Krause
David Macerelli ... Jason Berger (as David 'Buzz' Macerelli)
Lesa Skotnick ... Ms. Simon
Nikki McIntyre ... Marla Williams (as Nicole McIntyre)
Lynn Kvarta ... Vicki
Denise A. Dinunzio ... Cindy Jefferies
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Brain chemistry research has produced a drug - Nirvana - that can wipe out addiction and mental illness by stimulating pleasure centers in the brain and flooding the brain with endorphins. PsyMax Labs is about to release Nirvana, but suddenly something goes badly wrong. Nirvana causes drastic genetic changes, switching on dormant genes to produce BRAINIAC, a creature whose need for the brain's pleasure chemicals causes it to begin eating human brains. Victims are found with their heads drilled and their brains literally sucked out. As the mysterious deaths pile up, Doctor Sunday Morgan, Assistant Laboratory Director at PsyMax, finds clues to a cover-up at PsyMax. As she pieces together the results of an illegal experiment, her own life is put in danger as Brainiac begins to stalk her. She teams up with murder-investigator, Sgt. Steve Danko, to find the killer before the clock runs out on their formerly quiet little town. Done in the straightforward monster-movie tradition of the 1950s... Written by Matthew J. Bayan

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Director Terry Michael King is the shortest-lived of the eleven victims who get mauled, decapitated, crushed, and, most frequently, brain-sucked by the movie's reptilian star. As "Convertible Victim," King doesn't have any lines except one uninterrupted scream. He is onscreen for 13 seconds of screaming and flailing. See more »

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Genre-confused mess
6 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

A drug called Nirvana has turned its inventor into a monster that sucks the brains out of people. That's the whole movie. Writer Greg Bayan gives a bland performance as said inventor, and Lisa Nistri plays Dr. Sunday Morgan, the scientist trying to figure out just what the hell is going on (I was still wondering what the hell was going on even after the movie ended). The movie's total run time is 92 minutes-- about 20 of which is spent on opening titles with effects that looked like they were done on Windows Movie Maker.

I'm no expert on horror movies (Ive only seen about 3 of them in my life), but I know this much: they should be scary. Overlit scenes and rubber halloween masks with a penis-shaped, brain-sucking claw don't make a movie scary. They make it look like fodder for MST3K.

You don't need a lot of money to make a good film, but you do need a script with a focused story arc, and characters with at least one dimension.

The cast of Brainiac is comprised mainly of amateurs (and perhaps friends of the filmmakers). The only professional is Joe Hansard (Det. Danko) who uses his comedic talent to play a lazy doughnut-eating cop. I enjoyed Hansard's performance, but it felt out of place in what was supposed to be a "horror" movie. Hansard's talent would have been better suited for a comedy, or a real horror movie with a script that didn't try to spoof itself.


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